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#ThrowbackThursday: GRAMMY nominees

Christina Balram | posted Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015

For #ThrowbackThursday this week, we go back in time and remember the songs that started the careers of some of music’s great artists.

Taylor Swift

Nominations: Best Solo Performance, Record of the Year, Song of the Year
Breakout song: Love Story

This song captured every girl’s dream to live like Romeo & Juliette… where they don’t die.


Nominations: Album of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song
Breakout song: Crazy in Love

Beyoncé set the bar with this song, and its sexy undertones have become standard in all of Queen B’s songs. #Fierce.

Pharrell Williams

Nominations: Album of the Year, Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Video,
Breakout song: Drop it Like It’s Hot feat. Snoop Dogg

When this song came out in 2004, everyone who sang along in the club thought they were the coolest person in the world.

*Pharrell has done a lot of producing and writing for other artists, with one of his biggest songs he produced being ‘Slave for You’ by Britney Spears.


Nominations: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Music Film
Breakout song: Yellow

This song is called ‘Yellow.’ Coldplay has received 30 GRAMMY nominations overall. The GRAMMY awards are yellow. Coincidence?


Nominations: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Album
Breakout song: My Name Is

This was the introduction to Slim Shady, which answered the prayers of aspiring rappers near and far.

Social Stream: Entertainment City at the GRAMMYs

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015

Breakfast TelevisionEntertainment CityCityline, and CityNews are live from the GRAMMY Awards with coverage from the red carpet in Los Angeles all week long.

City will be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of music’s biggest night, and BT will have wall-to-wall coverage of the show with correspondents reporting on location.

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine postings using the hashtags #CityGRAMMYs and #GRAMMYs, as well as in the social stream below.

Go to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs for the latest news, interviews, and interactive content. Plus, we have a full recap of the night’s highs and lows.

Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande confirmed for the GRAMMYs

HELLO! Canada | posted Tuesday, Feb 3rd, 2015

Madonna will once again take the stage The 57TH Annual GRAMMY Awards. The singer informed fans of her involvement in the awards show by tweeting a picture of her Rebel Heart artwork meshed with a GRAMMY Award. “Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th @TheGRAMMYs,” she wrote alongside the snap.

The GRAMMY’s official Twitter account confirmed the news shortly after, announcing: “The rumors are true! Seven-time GRAMMY winner @Madonna will perform at the 57th #GRAMMYs.”

Madonna will perform at the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards

This will be Madonna’s fifth time performing at the event, which will air on Feb. 8 on City. The seven-time GRAMMY winner last performed on the show just a year ago, with rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

More acts to be confirmed for the Staples Center stage include Ed Sheeran, Australian rockers AC/DC, Ariana Grande and country singer Eric Church.

Ed, 23, is nominated in three different categories, including Album of the Year for X.

 This will be Madonna’s fifth time performing at the event

Ariana was nominated for two awards – Best Pop Duo/Group Performance alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for Bang Bang and Best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything. Eric scored four nominations, most notably Best Country Album for his The Outsiders.

The 57th GRAMMY Awards comes two days before Madonna’s new single, Living For Love, will officially begin its promotion to U.S. radio. It’s the lead track from the Rebel Heart album, which will be released on 10 March through Interscope Records.

Music’s Biggest Night® will be broadcast live exclusively on City on Sunday, February 8 starting at 6:30pm ET/PT with Entertainment City: live at the GRAMMYs, followed immediately by The 57 TH Annual GRAMMY Awards at 8pm ET/PT.

Week of Feb. 2, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Feb 1st, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Monday is Groundhog Day and will Wiarton Willie see his shadow? Jenn and the Live Eye team will be on location to tell you if this cold is here to stay.

Another UK superstar is in studio this week! Olly Murs stops by and performs his new song ‘Wrapped Up.’

And on Friday we’ll be live from Los Angeles as BT goes to the GRAMMYs to celebrate music’s biggest night.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan. 31

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 31st, 2015

Get ready for a full day of hockey.

The action begins with an early afternoon game in Montreal before a six-game set that includes four Canadian teams.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.


Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: John Bartlett, Jason York
Game notes: Entering Friday, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals… Carey Price has a .894 save percentage in 16 career games against the Capitals…Price is fresh off his 28th career shutout.


Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: The Leafs are 3-15-1 in their past 19 games…Flyers defenceman Nicklas Grossmann practised Friday and could return to the lineup Saturday…During nine games in January, Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier has combined save percentage below .900.

Dallas Stars vs. Winnipeg Jets 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Stars forward Tyler Seguin has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 17 career games against Winnipeg…Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson ranks second in the NHL in save percentage (.932) and third in goals-against average (2.00)…Winnipeg is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Boston Bruins 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has allowed two goals or fewer in his each of his past five starts… The Kings have two wins in their past nine games and have not won consecutive games since Dec. 18 and 20…Boston has registered points in 12 of their past 13 games (8-1-4).


Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Flames defenceman Mark Giordano has 19 points in 35 career games against the Oilers…Edmonton has a 5-5-0 record in their last 10 games…Calgary was shut out for the first time this season on Thursday night.

THE 10:30 P.M. GAME:

Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: N/A
Game notes: Entering Friday, the Blackhawks have just a 5-6-0 record in January…Sharks forward Joe Thornton had a pair of assists on Thursday to move into 37th place on the career points list with 1,233.

5 things to do this weekend: Drink tea, eat poutine, watch Super Bowl

Patricia D'Cunha | posted Friday, Jan 30th, 2015

Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2015

Toronto Tea Festival: Tea is more than just a beverage, it is a lifestyle. Sample different types of teas and learn what’s new from exhibitors on how to process and prepare it. You can also purchase tea and related products, and participate in a silent auction. Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St. Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Single ticket: $12 + HST; two-day pass: $20 + HST. teafestivaltoronto.com

Winterlicious: Chase away the winter blues by taking in the best of the city’s culinary delights. More than 210 restaurants are participating in this year’s event, offering three-course prix fixe lunch menus priced at $18, $23 and $28. Some of the restaurants taking part this year are Bindia Indian Bistro, Luckee by Susur Lee, La Creole and Pero Restaurant. Jan. 30 to Feb. 12. Toronto.ca/winterlicious

Walk for Memories: Enjoy music and other entertainment at the 25th annual Walk for Memories, presented by Memory Care, which is being held to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. The 2.2-kilometre indoor walk — the largest walk for Alzheimer’s in Canada — takes place on the PATH system that begins and ends in Brookfield place. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. alzheimertoronto.org

La Poutine Week: French fries topped with gravy and some cheese — what could be more comforting than that? Starting Sunday, the week-long foodie event, attempts to locate the best poutine offerings across the city. Try them out and submit your vote. Some of the 21 participating eateries include Caplansky’s Delicatessen, Cut the Cheese, Monarch’s Pub and Rock Lobster. Various locations. Feb. 1-7. lapoutineweek.com

Super Bowl Sunday: Catch all the action on a big screen at Mill St. Brew Pub, as the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl 49. Sip on draught beer and eat some finger foods as you cheer on your favourite team. Distillery District. Feb. 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. thedistillerydistrict.com

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